Richard Kelly’s strangely hypnotic and defiantly uncategorizable cult classic obliterates the walls between teen comedy, science fiction, family drama, horror and cultural satire – and remains wildly entertaining throughout.
“Spectral, funny, amazing … one of the most original works of recent American cinema.” – Andrew O’Hehir, Salon
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Donnie, a borderline-schizophrenic teenager for who there is no difference between the signs and wonders of reality (a plane crash that devastates his house) and hallucination (a demonic, man-sized rabbit who offers him cryptic advice from the future). Obsessed with the science of time travel and acutely aware of the world around him, Donnie is isolated by his unnerving powers of analysis and the apocalyptic visions that no one else seems to share. Co-starring Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore and Patrick Swayze as a sleazy motivational speaker, Donnie Darko is a truly original work that does what few films can – create a wholly unique movie universe that can be re-visited time and time again. (Dir. by Richard Kelly, 2001, USA, 113 mins., Rated R)